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Module Reading List

Methodology in Language Teaching, 2021/22, Semester 2
Clare Wright
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core Readings:

Larsen-Freeman, D. and Anderson, M. (2011) Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching. Oxford: OUP.

Also recommended:

Cook, V. (2008). Second Language Learning and Language Teaching. London: Hodder Education

Hinkel. E. (2011) (Ed.). Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning (Vol. 2). London: Routledge.

Johnson, K. (2008). An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. Harlow: Longman. (NB 2nd edition)

Mackey, A. (ed.) (2020). Interaction, feedback and task research in second language learning: Methods and design. Cambridge: CUP.  

Mitchell, R. et al. (2013). Second Language Learning Theories . 3rd Ed. London, Routledge.

or Mitchell, R. and Myles, F. (2004) Second Language Learning Theories. 2nd Ed.  London: Arnold.

Richards, J. & Rodgers, T. (2001). Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching. Cambridge: CUP.

Willis, D. and Willis, J. (2007). Doing task-based teaching: A practical guide to task-based teaching for ELT training courses and practising teachers. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Wright, C., Piske, T. and Young-Scholten, M. (2018). Mind matters in SLA ISBN: 9781788921602 (pbk : alk. paper); 9781788921619 (hbk : alk. paper); 9781788921640 (kindle). Multingual Matters.

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Other readings for background or seminar discussion:

Special issue on Task-Based Learning: Language Learning. 2011

Special issue on Foreign language teaching in an era of globalisation: The Modern Language Journal. 2014.

Special Issue on lexical acquisition: Second Language Research. 2020.

Special Issue on pronunciation: RELC Journal 52(1).

Canale, M. and Swain, M. (1980) Theoretical bases of communicative approaches to second language teaching and testing. Applied Linguistics 1: 1-47.

Chen, Q. and Wright, C. (2017) Contextualisation and authenticity in TBLT: Voices from Chinese classrooms. Language Teaching Research ISSN: 1362-168821(4): 517-538.

Dewey, M. and Pineda, I. (2020) ELF and teacher education: attitudes and beliefs. ELT Journal 74(4): 428-441. 

Elder, C. & Manwaring, D. (2004) The Relationship between metalinguistic knowledge and learning outcomes among undergraduate students of Chinese. Language Awareness 13(3): 145-162.

Ellis, R. (2005). Investigating Form-Focused Instruction. Language Learning 51 (special issue, Introduction): 1-46.

Ellis, R. (2006b) Researching the Effects of Form-Focussed Instruction on L2 Acquisition. Themes in SLA research 19: 18-41.

Ellis, R. (2009) Task-based language teaching: sorting out the misunderstandings. International Journal of Applied Linguistics ISSN: 0802-610619(3): 221-246.

Fotos, S. and H. Nassaji, Eds. (2007). Form-focused instruction and teacher education : studies in honour of Rod Ellis. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Chapter 1 Overview) 

Gass, S., Mackey, S. and Ross-Feldman, L. (2011) Task-based interactions in classroom and laboratory settings. Language Learning 61: 189-220.

Jenkins, J, Cogo, A.  and Dewey, M. (2011)  Review of developments in research into English as a lingua franca. Language Teaching  44.3, 281–315.

Kramsch, C. (2014). Teaching Foreign Languages in an Era of Globalization: Introduction to Special Issue. The Modern Language Journal 98(1), pp. 296-311

Kumaravadivelu, B.  (2003). A postmethod perspective on English language teaching. World Englishes 22(4): 539-550.

Lightbown, P. (2000). Classroom SLA research and second language teaching. Applied Linguistics 21(4): 431–462

Littlewood, W. (2007). Communicative and task-based language teaching in East Asian classrooms. Language Teaching 40: 243-249.

Liviero, S. (2017) Grammar teaching in secondary school foreign language learning in England: teachers’ reported beliefs and observed practices. Language Learning Journal ISSN: 0957-173645(1): 26-50.

Loumpourdi, L. (2005) Developing from PPP to TBL: a focused grammar task. In C. Edwards and J. Willis (eds). Teachers Exploring Tasks in English Language Teaching. PalgraveMacMillan. (ebook)

McEnery, T. and Xiao, R. (2011). What corpora can offer in language teaching and learning. In E. Hinkel (Ed.), Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning (Vol. 2). London: Routledge.

Menezes, V. (2013). Second Language Acquisition: Reconciling theories. Open Journal of Applied Sciences 3: 404-412.

Myles, F. (2005). Interlanguage corpora and second language acquisition research. Second Language Research 21(4):373-391.

Nassaji, H. (2012). The relationship between SLA research and Language Pedagogy: Teachers’ perspectives. Language Teaching Research 16: 337-365.

Nassaji, H. (2020). Assessing the effectiveness of interactional feedback for L2 acquisition: Issues and challenges. Language Teaching 53(1): 3-28. doi:10.1017/S0261444819000375

Peng, Y. and Pyper, J. (2021). Finding success with pedagogical innovation:  A case from CSL teachers’ experiences with TBLT. Language Teaching Research 24(4): 633-655.

Pica, T. (2005) Second Language Acquisition research and Applied Linguistics. In E. Hinkel (ed) Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Available online:

Revesz, A. Ekiert, M. and Torgersen, E. (2016). The effects of complexity, accuracy, and fluency on communicative adequacy in oral task performance. Applied Linguistics 37(6): 828-848.

Richards, J. (2021). Teacher, learner and student-teacher identity in TESOL. RELC Journal (online).

Saito, K. (2012). Effects of instruction on L2 pronunciation development:  A synthesis of 15 quasi-experimental intervention studies. TESOL Quarterly 46(4): 842-854.

Savignon, S. (2006) Beyond communicative language teaching: What’s ahead? Journal of Pragmatics 39: 207-220.

Skehan, P. (1998). Task-based Instruction. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics 18: 268-286.

Skehan, P. and Luo, S. 2020. Developing a task-based approach to assessment in an Asian context. System 90 (online).

Spada, N. (1997). Form-Focussed Instruction and Second Language Acquisition: A review of classroom and laboratory research. Language Teaching 30: 73-87.

Sun, C., Wei, L. and Young, R. (2020) Measuring teacher cognition: Comparing Chinese EFL teachers’ implicit and explicit attitudes toward English language teaching methods. Language Teaching Research (online).

Tavakoli, P. and Wright, C. (2020). Second Language Speech Fluency: From Research to Practice. Cambridge: CUP. (chapter 4)

Wang, J., Na, A., Wright, C. (2018) Enhancing beginner learners’ oral proficiency in a flipped Chinese Foreign Language classroom. Computer-Aided Language Learning 31(5-6): 490-521.

Whong, M. (2013). A linguistic perspective on communicative language teaching. Language Learning Journal 41: 115 – 28.

Wray, A. Formulaic sequences in second language teaching: Principle and practice. Applied Linguistics 21(4): 463-489.

Yang, Y-F. and Kuo, N-C. (2020). New teaching strategies from student teachers’ pedagogical conceptual change in CALL. System 90 (online). 

Wider Reading:

Adamson, B. (2004). Fashions in language teaching methodology. In A. Davies and C. Elder.  (eds.) The Handbook of Applied Linguistics. Oxford, Blackwell. pp. 604-622.

Awwad, A., Tavakoli, P. and Wright, C. (2016) “I think that’s what he’s doing”: Effects of intentional reasoning on second language (L2) speech performance. System ISSN: 0346-251x67: 158-169.

Boers, F., and S. Lindstromberg (eds) (2008) Cognitive linguistic approaches to teaching vocabulary and phraseology. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Cope, B. and M. Kalantzis, Eds. (1993). The powers of literacy : a genre approach to teaching writing: Critical Perspectives on Literacy and Education. London, The Falmer Press.

Dinsmore, T. (2006) Principles, parameters, and SLA: A retrospective meta-analytic investigation into adult L2 learners’ access to Universal Grammar In J. Norris & L. Ortega (eds.) Synthesizing research on language learning and teaching. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 53-90. EBook available

Doughty, C. and J. Williams, Eds. (1998). Focus on form in classroom second language acquisition. Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series. Cambridge, CUP.

Durrant, P. and Mathews-Aydınlı, J. (2011) A function-first approach to identifying formulaic language in academic writing. English for specific purposes 30: 58-72.

Ellis, R. (2006a) Current issues in the teaching of grammar: An SLA perspective. TESOL Quarterly 40: 83-107.

Fotos, S. and H. Nassaji, Eds. (2007). Form-focused instruction and teacher education: studies in honour of Rod Ellis: Oxford Oxford University Press.

Hinkel, E & Fotos, S. Eds. (2002). New perspectives on grammar teaching in second language classrooms. Mahwah, NJ/London : Lawrence Erlbaum.

Howatt, A. P. R. and H. G. Widdowson (2004). A History of English Language Teaching. Oxford, OUP.

Hüttner, J. and Mehlmauer-Larcher, B. et. al. Eds. (2012) Theory and practice in EFL teacher education : bridging the gap. Bristol, Multilingual Matters

Hymes, D. (1972). On Communicative Competence. In J. B. Pride and J. Holmes. (eds.) Sociolinguistics: selected readings. Middlesex, Penguin Books. pp. 269 - 293.

Keck, C., Iberri-Shea, G., Tracy-Ventura, N., & Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2006) Investigating the  empirical link between task-based interaction and acquisition: A meta-analysis. In J.  Norris & L. Ortega (eds.) Synthesizing research on language learning and teaching. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 91-129.

Larsen-Freeman, D. (2003). Teaching language : from grammar to grammaring. Boston, Heinle.

Larsen-Freeman, D. & Cameron, L. (2008) Complex systems and applied linguistics. Oxford: OUP. Chapter 7 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Lewis, M. (1993). The Lexical Approach. London, Language Teaching Publications.

Lewis, M., Ed. (2000). Teaching collocation : further developments in the Lexical Approach. Boston,  MA, Heinle.  

Lightbown, P. (2003). SLA research in the classrooom/SLA research for the classroom. Language learning journal 28: 4-13.

Liu, D. and P. Master, Eds. (2003). Grammar teaching in teacher education. Alexandria, VA, TESOL, Inc.

Mackey, A. and S. Gass (Eds.) (2011). Research methods in second language acquisition. Oxford: Blackwell.

Milton, J. (2009). Measuring second language vocabulary acquisition ISBN: 9781847692078 (pbk.) : £29.95; 9781847692085 (hbk.) : £69.95; 1847692087 (hbk.) : £69.95; 1847692079 (pbk.) : £29.95; 9781847692092 (ebook) : £69.95; 1847692095 (ebook) : £69.95. Multilingual Matters.

Morgan-Short, K. et al. (2012). Explicit and implicit second language training differentially affect the achievement of native-like brain activation patterns. Journal of cognitive neuroscience 24(4): 933-947.

Nassaji, H. (2012) L2 Vocabulary learning from context: Strategies, knowledge sources, and their relationship with success in L2 lexical inferencing. TESOL Quarterly ISSN: 0039-8322 37(4): 645- 670.

Paltridge, B. (2001). Genre and the language learning classroom. Michigan, The University of Michigan Press.

Richards, J. C. (2002). Theories of Teaching in Language Teaching. In J. C. Richards and W. A. Renandya. (eds.) Methodology in language teaching : an anthology of current practice:. Cambridge, CUP. pp. 19-25. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Richards, J. C. (2007) Materials development and research: towards a form-focused perspective. In Fotos, S. and Nassaji, H. Form-focused instruction and teacher education : studies in honour of Rod Ellis. Oxford: OUP. pp. 147-130. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Schmitt, N. (2010). Researching vocabulary : a vocabulary research manual ISBN: 9781403985361 (pbk.) : £19.99; 1403985367 (pbk.) : £19.99; 9781403985354 (hbk.) : £60.00; 1403985359 (hbk.) : £60.00. PalgraveMacMillan.

Swales, J. (1990) Genre analysis : English in academic and research settings Cambridge: CUP.

Swales, J. & Feak, C. (1994) Academic writing for graduate students : essential tasks and skills. Ann Arbor, MI:Michigan University Press.

Uchida, Y. & Sugimoto, J. (2019). Non‐native English teachers' confidence in their own pronunciation and attitudes towards teaching: A questionnaire survey in Japan. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 30: 19–34.

Whong, M. (2011) Language teaching : linguistic theory in practice Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Williams, J. and Evans, J. (1998) What kind of focus and on which forms? In Doughty, C. and J. Williams, Eds. (1998). Focus on form in classroom second language acquisition. Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series. Cambridge, CUP. pp, 139-155. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva


This list was last updated on 16/01/2022